By James G. Hollandsworth Jr.
In the summertime of 1866 racial tensions ran excessive in Louisiana as a constitutional conference thought of disenfranchising former Confederates and enfranchising blacks. On July 30, a procession of black suffrage supporters driven via an indignant throng of adverse whites. phrases have been exchanged, photographs rang out, and inside of mins a insurrection erupted with unrestrained fury. while it was once over, not less than forty-eight men—an vast majority of them black—lay lifeless and greater than 200 have been wounded. In An Absolute bloodbath, James G. Hollandsworth, Jr., examines the occasions surrounding the war of words and gives a compelling examine the racial tinderbox that used to be the post-Civil struggle South.
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Additional resources for An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866
Summers, "The Moderates' Last Chance: The Louisiana Election of 1865," Louisiana History 24 (Winter 1983): 50-54; Tunnell, Crucible of Reconstruction, 5, 38-39, 41, 60. 33. New Orleans Daily True Delta, February 2, 1864; New Orleans Era, February 2, 1864; Cox, Lincoln and Black Freedom, 86; McCrary, Lincoln and Reconstruction, 218-23. 15 An Absolute Massacre governor. Hahn straddled the issue. "While he (Flanders) believes that the right of suffrage should be extended to the negroes," the Era reported after the splintered convention, "Mr.
13. New Orleans Times, April 20, 23, 1865; New Orleans Tribune, April 23, 1865; Tunnell, Crucible of Reconstruction, 100. 14. McCrary, Lincoln and Reconstruction, 321; Ripley, Slaves and Freedmen, 182; Simpson and Baker, "Michael Hahn," 251. 15. Proceedings of the Convention of the Republican Party of Louisiana (New Orleans: Tribune Office, 1865), 11, 14; New Orleans Tribune, September 19, 1865; Bell, Revolution, Romanticism, and the Afro-Creole Protest Tradition, 256; Houzeau, My Passage, 110-14; McCrary, Lincoln and Reconstruction, 321-22, 332.
The Qualifications of Electors," New Orleans Daily True Delta, February 21, 1864. Banks's proclamation, "To the People of Louisiana" (January 11, 1864), appeared in several papers, including his own, the New Orleans Era. Also see OR, Ser. Ill, 4: 22-23; Ripley, Slaves and Freedmen, 162-63; Vandal, "New Orleans Riot," 7; and Cox, Lincoln and Black Freedom, 58. McCrary (Lincoln and Reconstruction, 207) suggests that Banks ordered the election for state offices first because it would be easier for him to organize a slate of six or seven candidates for state offices than to orchestrate the election of almost a hundred convention delegates.
An Absolute Massacre: The New Orleans Race Riot of July 30, 1866 by James G. Hollandsworth Jr.